• Galata

If I had a pound for every time I have been asked whether I was going to start an academy, I would be a very rich lady indeed. I am proud to say that I have been asked this since almost the beginning of my microblading career. For the most part, I’ve seldom told people the truth about why I had resisted starting this endeavour for so long.

The truth is, this industry already suffers from a chronic lack of educational standard, and this undermines the potential for clients to understand how discerning they must be when choosing whom to do their microblading. It is with deep sadness that I tell you here now that I have not wanted to start an academy because I didn’t feel that I could stay true to my personal principles of transparency relating to what it takes to be a successful microblader, and offer this as a course that could be competitive among so many others in the industry considering what I have seen them to be comprised of up until now. The offerings currently out there are thousands of pounds, and often really don’t show how to be safe, how to cater what you offer to various skin types and ethnicities, and how to provide a good value proposition to the customer.

It is a sad indictment of where the industry is, but it is a position that I do actually understand. You see, this industry and occupation offers an opportunity to so many. An opportunity to start afresh, to reinvent their lives, to earn well, and above all else, to be part of someone’s journey of becoming happier. It is often embarked upon by those feeling the pain of socio economic injustice. For this reason, it is imperative that it remains accessible and not out of reach regarding the possibility to learn a new skill and be able to pay for that new skill. I have felt for so long that I wanted to start something that would enable me to expand my need to give back to society where it needs the most help. I started on a new path of educating myself by embarking on studying Politics, but progress in this area will be slow for me as it will take time before I can offer something that I believe is of substance to the community. In contrast, building a new offering for those of you who wish to embark on a career in microblading is something I can do for you now! And so, as I write this, myself and my husband are busy constructing a new platform where we will provide content to those of you that want it. Somewhere that will offer education so that different members of society will be able to access it with almost no financial outlay! As most of you who know me already know, my background means I will also be able to offer this is Spanish, meaning I can help many across the world better their circumstances. I’m excited!

Watch this space, the best of LondonBrowClinic is yet to come… MICROBLADING TRAINING SERVICES BECOME A MICROBLADING INSTRUCTOR / TRAINER Gali xx

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to navigate owning a business in the SPMU industry. I wish that this was simply a case of the competition becoming stronger and forcing those of us whom already hold a place to up the ante and raise our game. Sadly this not the case.

The world of microblading, micropigmentation and SPMU is fast becoming similar to that of the injectables business, a race to the bottom, where those of us who still stay true to our morals, preach to customers that they ought to be discerning when deciding on whom to use for their microblading. But with so many academies churning out hundreds of new microbladers daily, most of whom do not have any experience at all in a medical capacity, the market is becoming saturated with people who are innocently trying to make a living and don’t fully comprehend what is at stake when they take on each new customer.

The plight of those attempting to make the best of the pandemic has meant that many women (I say women because we are the ones that it is has most impacted, I am not suggesting that it has not negatively impacted men of course) have become easy targets for academies with a keen eye for preying on the desperate. So many females lost their jobs or had their hours or contracts diminished as they took on the burden of the domestic role on top of their day jobs through the time of Corona virus and COVID 19. It is not in the least surprising that many sought to find a way of producing a second income. The issue here is that these academies make it sound as though starting a semi permanent makeup business requires little money or skill, which is not correct. One should strive to be making sure they are trained as best as possible, with as much skill and experience on non paying customers as possible before they start, not to mention that they should also be attempting to use the best possible products.

When a prospective client chooses to use a microblader who charges £150 for a set, have they considered if this person can truly afford to use the best single use blades? Whether they can afford to adequately sterilise the non single use equipment necessary? Whether they are even adequately insured?

I write this blog post for two reasons. I want to encourage clients to make sure that they make good decisions when choosing a microblader, knowing what is at stake when they don’t. But more than that, I want all these new microbladers to please read this and remember that their new career is just beginning, that they can make it with hard work and consistency, and that they do not need to start their businesses cutting corners. We all need to stand together to implement best practices to make sure that everyone remains safe. I salute every single one of these new business people, and hope that they understand that every client deserves the best of our time and experience, because their confidence is at stake.

Good luck to you all

Galata x

Frequently asked post treatment questions answered quick fire style by Galata at LondonBrowClinic:

Will I be given healing cream for my freshly bladed brows?

At your microblading visit with LondonBrowClinic you will be given the ointment required to heal your brows. This ointment needs to be re applied every two hours proceeding the treatment.

Can my freshly microbladed brows come into contact with water?

Care needs to be taken to make sure that the brows do not come into excessive contact with water whilst going through the week of healing. When showering, keep the face out of strong jets of water if possible. Make sure to apply more ointment before and after the shower to make sure they are kept fully moist at all times.

How do I keep my eyebrows well creamed at night when sleeping?

Care must be taken to keep the brows saturated with the ointment at night; sleeping on your back is preferred so that the freshly microbladed eyebrows do not come into contact with the pillow. If this is not possible, cut a long thin piece of cling film to cover the brows (wrap the film around the head twice to avoid it moving). This will ensure the brows are kept moist through the night and will aide in a good healing process and encourage better retention of the microblading.

Can I wash my face after my microblading treatment?

In order to clean the face in the week proceeding the treatment please use a non abrasive cleanser on a wipe or cleansing pad and use this to clean AROUND the brows. The brows themselves do not need to be cleaned and should ideally be left with just the ointment all week. If you feel you must clean the brows, please only use warm water and a cotton pad to clean the area, being careful not to apply pressure on the area to dislodge any new skin that is regenerating.

Can I exercise in the week after my microblading treatment?

Exercising in the week after the treatment is possible only if you are careful to make sure sweat does not penetrate the ointment onto the fresh brows. Exercising that induced excessive sweating is not advised in the week proceeding the treatment.

Can I go on holiday with freshly microbladed brows? Are my brows allowed to be in the sun?

If one has to be in the sun proceeding the treatment, a large hat and glasses is advised so that the eyebrows are not in direct sunlight for long. This is adviseable but the brows being in the sun when fresh is fine as long as they are well protected with the ointment provided.

What happens if I don’t take good care of my microblading post treatment?

Taking care of the brows will ensure you retain as much microblading as possible. If this regimen is not followed the brows will not heal as well as they could have, and could result in the client needing a top up that may have otherwise been unnecessary. These are chargeable, as they are not always required and enable us to keep the base price more competitive and fair. It is therefore advised to take good care of the microblading proceeding the treatment.